Kansas Forest Service says wildfire 90 percent contained

Wildfire near Medicine Lodge (Courtesy: KSN's Brittany Glas)

MEDICINE LODGE, Kan. (AP) – The biggest wildfire in Kansas history is largely contained, although firefighting efforts could be hindered by more gusty winds.

The Kansas Forest Service says crews on Monday will patrol areas where the wildfire has burned at least 620 square miles in Oklahoma and Kansas since last week.

The service says the fire was 90 percent contained Sunday, and 81 percent contained in Barber County, Kansas, where most of the damage occurred.

The National Weather Service says winds up to 30 mph, with 40 mph gusts, are expected to hit the sparsely populated fire zone on Monday and Tuesday. An increase in humidity Tuesday coupled with snow that fell Sunday could help firefighters.

The Kansas Adjutant General’s Office says at least two homes have been destroyed. No one has been seriously injured.

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